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Coast gripped by an extreme heatwave

Coast gripped by an extreme heatwave

Niël Terblanché

 

PEOPLE residing in towns along the Namibian coast have been urged to take precautions to avoid sunstroke and dehydration as extremely hot berg wind conditions are set to continue until the weekend.

 

Fans and mobile water coolers sold out in short order as temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius have been measured in Swakopmund, Henties Bay, and Walvis Bay since the start of the weekend.

 

Rows of people looking for some recourse from the heatwave formed at shops and soon retailers had to order new stock from elsewhere to supply in the high demand for air-cooling appliances.

 

The extreme heat is caused by strong winds from the east that warms the air as it descends down the escarpment. The warming of air from the Namibian hinterland is known as the adiabatic process.

 

Strong winds were reported over the northern parts of the Namibian coast while the towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay were left baking in hot air with hardly any wind blowing near the shore.

 

The meteorological Service of Namibia indicated that more sand and dust storms are expected to persist to the north of Swakopmund.

 

The weather service warned that people should drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration and that they should limit their time outside to avoid sunstroke.

 

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